From Khabbāb, may Allāh be pleased with him, from the Prophet ﷺ [that he said]:
Indeed, the Children of Isrāʾīl, at the time of their demise, [used to] tell stories.
Shaikh Al-Albānī, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:
And it’s possible for it to be said that the reason for their fall was the preoccupation of their religious speakers with stories and tales, to the exclusion of [religious] rulings and beneficial [religious] knowledge that people come to know their religion by, that then encourage them toward righteous action. When [the Children of Isrāʾīl] did that, they met their demise.
And this is the situation with many of the tellers of stories in our time, the majority of whose speech in their religious talks concerns narratives [originating from] the Children of Isrāʾīl, heart softening [stories], and Ṣūfī [tales].
May Allāh protect us [from all of that].
Al-Silsilah Al-Ṣaḥīḥah, 1681.